Pokémon GO: Water Festival event makes a big, splashy return today

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Alas, we are pulling in towards the end of August as the time has almost come for us to part ways with summer. Real soon, kids will return to school, sunny weather will give way to cold, and it won’t be long until winter billows in from there. However close to the end of August as we are now, it is still summer now! With that, Pokémon GO has one last specially themed event to tide us over with the return of the Water Festival!

Drop the Crabhammer

From today at 1pm Pacific until August 30 at that time, Pokémon GO goes all-out aquatic with Water Pokémon appearing more frequently in-game. Be it with Eggs, Field Research, or in the wild, expect to run into Water-types like Magikarp, Wooper, and Wailmer often. If you live near water, the following Pokémon will also spawn more frequently in the wild:

  • Wartortle
  • Poliwhirl
  • Seaking
  • Lapras
  • Qwilfish
  • Mantine
  • Lotad
  • Feebas
  • Piplup
  • Buizel
  • Finneon

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When it comes to raids, the Lake Spirits will return for Legendary Raid Hour on Wednesday, August 28, from 6pm to 7pm local time. They will only appear in their respective regions from their last time around, however:

  • Asia-Pacific: Uxie
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: Mesprit
  • Americas, Greenland: Azelf

Besides the Diamond and Pearl trio, Blastoise, Lapras, and Vaporeon among other Water-types will be featured in raids all week long.

Additionally, there are a couple of extra bonuses in store for Pokémon GO‘s 2019 Water Festival. Kingler and Crawdaunt are now able to learn the move Crabhammer for the first time. If you’re lucky, you might fish up Shiny Carvanha and Shiny Barboach. Pokémon hatched from Eggs will yield double candies, and the walking distance for Buddy Candy will be halved if your Buddy Pokémon is a Water-type.

That last bonus might be super convenient for those working on “A Thousand-Year Slumber” for Jirachi, as one of the early tasks involve evolving a Feebas!


Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.